Kids Learn Self Defense Through One Local Program

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By: Bailey Myers
March 3rd, 2014

Tallahassee FL- With a few simple posses and a lot of shouts, kids in Tallahassee are learning a little bit about self defense through RadKids.

As one Tallahassee Police Department Officer explained, "Well the purpose of the program is to empower kids to teach them to say no to people they should say no to."

According to the national center for victims of crime around 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. This program RadKids encourages young people to learn what is and is not appropriate.

"They are supposed to be taught to always do what adults tell you and be respectful and follow instructions but when it's someone that they don't know that may be doing harm to them they need to know how to act appropriately," reasons one parent, Sunshine Valdez, decided to enroll their child in the program.

Her daughter Gabby told us that although today was just day one she hopes, "to learn more about safety and more things about what to do if something bad happens to you or someone else and you see it. You'll know who to call."

The RadKids program lasts about four days and will continue through the week. Don't worry if you couldn't sign up this time around. Officers schedule these programs throughout the year.

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